Ossett United reach last four of County Cup after shootout win over Brighouse Town

James Burke scored Ossett's winning penalty. PICS: Allan McKenzie.
James Burke scored Ossett's winning penalty. PICS: Allan McKenzie.

Ossett United qualified for the semi-finals of the West Riding County Cup after a 5-4 win on penalties against Brighouse Town at Ingfield.

The home side had missed two penalties in normal time through Gibraltar international Adam Priestley as the game finished scoreless.

Adam Priestley missed two penalties in normal time.

Adam Priestley missed two penalties in normal time.

Zeph Thomas missed the decisive penalty in the shootout as he saw his effort saved by Ossett keeper Brett Souter.

James Burke scored the winning spotkick to send the host’s through.

Both sides were pretty well matched in the opening exchanges.

Town took control as the opening 45 minutes wore on before two changes from Ossett at the interval saw the home side get a much better foothold in the game.

Andy Monkhouse took United's first penalty in the shootout.

Andy Monkhouse took United's first penalty in the shootout.

Brighouse looked to work the ball wide from the back but didn’t do much to threaten Souter’s goal in the opening 20 minutes.

Ossett were struggling to hit their stride with most of their passes into the final third going astray.

The away side had a superb chance to go ahead when Thomas’s deflected cross flashed across the face of goal but Aaron Martin was unable to make contact.

Moments later, United’s Souter pulled off a fantastic double save to keep the scores level.

Thomas, causing more problems on the left, got in behind but his shot was kept out by a strong arm from Souter before the United stopper blocked the rebound.

Brighouse kept creating the better chances and fashioned their best opportunity when Martin slid the ball in to Oscar Seth.

But the Town midfielder hesitated before firing over under pressure.

Despite being under the cosh for the latter part of the half, United should have taken the lead.

After a foul in the area the referee pointed to the penalty spot but Adam Priestley’s spotkick was saved by Matthew Smith before the rebound was hacked away.

Manager Andy Welsh opted to make two changes at the break with Aidan Chippendale and Marcus Day replacing Nicky Boshell and Alex McQuade.

United enjoyed the better of the second half but were unable to make their dominance count.

Priestley missed his second penalty of the game as he blasted his effort over the bar.

Tom Greaves had done brilliantly to get past two defenders before being pushed in the back by Kurt Harris.

Brighouse still looked dangerous on the counter as Adam Porritt was forced to head the ball away from under his own crossbar.

Thomas had an effort from the edge of the area well saved by Souter as neither side could break the deadlock.

Ossett pressed for a winner in the final moments but the game went to penalties before United advanced as they converted all five spot kicks.